Landscape, Innovation, and Nostalgia

The Manton Collection of British Art

Edited by Jay A. Clarke; With essays by Tim Barringer, Ann Bermingham, Mary Broadway, David Blayney Brown, Antony Griffiths, Anne Lyles, Patrick Noon, Leslie Paisley, Amelia Rauser, and Sam Smiles; With contributions by Sarah Hammond and Susannah Blair

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August 28, 2012
312 pages, 9 1/2 x 11
447 color + 9 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300179668

Distributed for the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

Business leader and arts patron Sir Edwin A. G. Manton (1909–2005) and his wife Florence, Lady Manton, assembled an outstanding collection of 18th- and 19th-century British art. A gift to the Clark Art Institute from the Manton Foundation in 2007, their collection features more than three hundred oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints, including works by John Constable, J. M. W. Turner, Thomas Gainsborough, and William Blake.

In a series of wide-ranging essays, prominent scholars consider the major works and themes in the collection, relating them to larger issues within the field of British studies. Individual essays are devoted to Constable's oil sketches, cloud studies, and magisterial painting The Wheat Field; the growth of the watercolor tradition; print portfolios and narrative series; Thomas Rowlandson's satiric drawings; and Gainsborough's use of experimental materials as revealed through recent scientific analysis. The volume concludes with an illustrated checklist of the works in the collection.

Jay A. Clarke is Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

"This elegant celebratory volume indicates how [Sir Edwin A.G. Manton’s donation of British art] has already enabled new research, with essays by top scholars on artistic media - including watercolour - and individual artists." Apollo Magazine, December 2012
Men at Work
Art and Labour in Victorian Britain

Tim Barringer

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Frederic Leighton
Antiquity, Renaissance, Modernity

Edited by Tim Barringer and Elizabeth Prettejohn

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The Image of Antiquity
Ancient Britain and the Romantic Imagination

Sam Smiles

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Human Form Divine
William Blake from the Paul Mellon Collection

Patrick Noon

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Becoming Edvard Munch
Influence, Anxiety, and Myth

Jay A. Clarke

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Richard Parkes Bonington
The Complete Paintings

Patrick Noon

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